Talking therapy refers to a therapy that involves a face to face encounter of the individual suffering from anxiety with a psychologist or therapist. This encounter involves the individual speaking out about the factors that are affecting them and hence, causing the disorder. The therapy aims at the person understanding the probable causes of the disorder and finding ways to cure it. The same method can also be used with family members or friends instead of a therapist. This therapy seeks to comfort the person suffering from the disorder, so that they may feel free to vent out their emotions or state of mind without the fear of being judged. It may also involve people speaking loudly, shouting, crying, etc; even if you choose not to work with a licensed counselor in-person and opt for therapy online.
The following are the benefits of the talking therapy for anxiety:
Reduces loneliness – Most often when people face anxiety disorders they begin to feel that they are the only ones suffering from such a situation. Talking therapy enables them to talk about their feelings to the therapist, family members, friends or members of the groups that they may be a part of. Being able to talk to others assures them that there are others who are battling similar situations and that there are solutions to their problems. Besides, venting out their emotions also prevents them from taking any drastic actions.
Helps to deal with problems in the future – This therapy allows people to talk about their problems and find probable ways to get rid of them as well. Hence, being able to talk about the issues that one might be facing, enables them to understand the probable causes behind the problem. The individual suffering from the disorder may have to face a number of difficult situations while trying to recover. The knowledge that one gains about the issues that he/she might be facing helps to deal with difficulties that may emerge during the recovery.
Helps to get rid of repressed emotions – Anxiety disorders may be caused due to traumatic events that may have taken place in the past. Yet, the memories associated with such events are capable of having a lasting effect on an individual long after they have occurred or even for the rest of their lives. It is important for individuals to get rid of any emotions that they may not have been able to express totally at the time of the occurrence. These emotions tend to build psychological tension, later resulting in various mental disorders. Talking therapy helps by letting the individual talk about their condition and brings to surface deep seated emotions that may have remained unrecognized otherwise.
Long term effects – The therapy may take some time but the cure is permanent. A person who is cured of anxiety disorder is not likely to suffer from the same condition again. The physical symptoms caused due to the disorder also seem to get cured over the period of therapy. Moreover, individuals do not need to take medicines on their own. The talking itself tends to be sufficient for the patient. Negative thoughts about others and situations that the individual might face are also reduced in a major way. People are encouraged to have an optimistic perspective.
Improves brain function – Activity in the hippocampus, the amygdala, the anterior cingulate cortex, the medial prefrontal cortex are altered due to brain imaging methods used in psychotherapy. These areas of the brain are involved in thoughts about one’s self-related to emotion, control and fear. Thus, it may be able to change the mind’s state of depression or anxiety. The cognitive behavior therapy also aids in replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, which helps the individual to recover from the disorder.